THE government has rubbished claims that operations of the high-flying Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) were not audited by the Controller and Auditors General (CAG).

Chief Government’s Spokesperson Dr Hassan Abbasi on Tuesday hit out at Chadema Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu for peddling baseless and unfounded reports regarding the national carrier.

“It is not true that ATCL isn’t audited, the company is subjected to CAG’s scrutiny and its reports are made public,” clarified Dr Abbasi who also doubles as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, during an interview with a local radio station.

He further pointed out that the company had been put under CAG’s microscope during the last financial year.

“I have the reports which detail ATCL’s financial performance and its progress since it was revived,” said Dr Abbasi.

The company’s auditing according to the Chief Government’s Spokesperson is done by both, internal and external auditors.

“Under President John Magufuli, the government’s money just doesn’t easily go to waste, every penny is accounted for,” he stressed.

According to Dr Abbasi, the company had taken off for an investment destination since the fifth-phase government embarked on reviving ATCL and purchasing a number of aircraft.

Dr Abbasi insisted that ATCL was a work in progress with a view of opening up new destinations.